Monday, May 15, 2023

Book Review: His Mother's Lies

By Sara Steven

I married her son, but he couldn’t see her evil…

Charlotte’s dream wedding to Ethan was the happiest day of her life. She knew his mother, Anna, loved her only son, but her overbearing nature starts driving Charlotte insane. Ethan always claimed his mother accepted her as part of the family, but her gut instincts couldn’t be wrong.

To help the happy couple save for their first house together, Anna presents an offer they can't refuse with a rent-free room in the family home. This is when Charlotte suspects Anna wants her boy back for good. Convinced she is out to destroy their marriage; Charlotte has a surprise that was about to bring them closer together or rip their relationship apart.

As tensions mount and Anna digs her claws in, Charlotte discovers a hidden family secret, but Anna’s manipulative nature ensures no one would believe her. Charlotte must survive a wave of cruelties and play the most vindictive mother-in-law she’s ever encountered at her own sinister game if her marriage is to survive a mother who can’t let go of the past.

Anna will stop at nothing to get what she wants… (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

I spent the majority of my time while reading His Mother’s Lies attempting not to feel contempt and annoyance towards Anna. She reminded me of the mothers from the TLC TV show, I Love a Mama’s Boy. I’m often annoyed with them, too, but I still love the drama, and there is a lot of that within this novel. 

The story is told through three different perspectives: Charlotte’s, Anna’s, and Ethan’s. Charlotte begins to notice how controlling Anna is, particularly when it comes to the relationship she has with her son, while Anna thinks that Charlotte is a major threat and doesn’t think she’s a suitable match for Ethan. Ethan seems pretty clueless. He thinks that there is no contention, having complete trust in his mom and her intentions. He is constantly caught in the middle, having to defend the two women he loves from one other.

Little by little, ulterior motives begin to show. Anna wants the couple to move in with her because she’s convinced her son belongs with her at home, and she will stop at nothing to have him all to herself. Even if that means sabotage. There was one particular scenario where I had a strong feeling Anna was doing something to Charlotte to ultimately harm her, but Anna even had me second guessing! A lot of mind games and trickery are constantly afoot, which made it super suspenseful. 

I was surprised by the family secrets. There wasn’t much leading up to that revelation, so it dropped like a huge bomb! I felt like the ending was pretty fitting to the scenario that leads up to it, and much like Charlotte and Ethan, the feelings I experienced about it felt pretty justified. His Mother’s Lies really was like I Love a Mama’s Boy on adrenaline. A thrilling time!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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JA Andrews is from Devon in the UK and is the author of gripping twisty psychological thrillers. As well as writing fiction, he enjoys reading a mix of genres, watching reality TV and spending time with family and friends...

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